Epistola ad Mahumetem.

Accession number: 
PML 78
Pius II, Pope, 1405-1464.
[Cologne] : [Ulrich Zel], [1469-1472]
[54] leaves ; 21 cm (4to)
Credit Line: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.

Title and imprint from ISTC.
Incipit, leaf [1]/2r: Pius papa secu[n]dus eloque[n]tissimus q[ui] obijt Anno .M.cccc.lxiiij. in Anchona du[m] p[ro]ficisci p[ro]posuerit contra turcos, co[m]posuit [et]c.
Dated in Voulliéme and Polain about 1470, in BSB-Ink about 1472.
PML copy listed under Division A. $2 in Checklist.
Collation: [1-6⁸ 7⁶]: 54 leaves, leaf [1]/1 blank.
Paper format: Chancery quarto in half-sheets.
PML copy leaf dimensions: 20.4 x 13.6 cm.

Late 18th-century French gilt-tooled black morocco over paper boards (21 x 14.5 cm), sewn on 5 supports, questionably attributed to Padeloup by Belle Greene. Pink silk pastedowns and endleaves, with plain paper endleaves; plain endband; gilt edges.

Hand decoration: Contemporary rubrication, red initial (with black penwork decoration), capital strokes, and underlining; ruling added later. Annotations: No marginal notations in text. Bibliographic notes tipped-in at end, on Pickering & Chatto stationery.

Richard Bennett (1849-1930), armorial bookplate (front endleaf 2 recto) and purchase notes: No. 156, 8/5/96 and price code: d/d/- +com (front endleaf 1 verso), entire library purchased in 1902 by: Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.